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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pukapuka Poem #30 'Passing Young's Lane' - Michael O'Leary

Passing Young’s Lane

As the early morning train pulls out

Of Newmarket Station it dives down towards Auckland

Towards another working day: The bells ring
And the warning lights flash at Young’s Lane

I look indifferently out the window
Expecting to see nothing other than dark-grey skies

To my right a shaft of golden light
Transforms the otherwise sullen landscape

Beyond the marshes and swamps of Öärkei
Straight down the Gulf I see Waiheke

Where you two moved to the other day
Waiheke is the place where the light is strongest

Suddenly the train lurches to the left
We enter the Parnell Tunnel plunged into darkness

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